A wait for TRM re­port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

THE stale­mate be­tween Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and The Reef Ma­rina (TRM) con­tin­ued this week as coun­cil sought the help of the State Govern­ment.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu wrote to Dr An­thony Lyn­ham, min­is­ter for Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines de­tail­ing her con­cerns for the com­mu­nity if the slip­way was not re­opened.

The slip­way has been “tem­po­rar­ily closed” by TRM for al­most two months af­ter a rou­tine in­spec­tion by coun­cil of­fi­cers found in­ad­e­quate dis­posal of waste­water from the site.

Speak­ing on the ra­dio Mon­day morn­ing Mayor Leu said Dr An­thony Lyn­ham, min­is­ter for nat­u­ral re­sources, had ad­vised her TRM would be in breach of their lease with the State Govern­ment if the slip­way was not re­opened.

“He stated a con­di­tion of the spe­cial lease is that it must be used as a site for the slip­way and boat build­ing, boat re­pairs and moor­ing boat ser­vices,” she said.

A meet­ing was held on Mon­day be­tween coun­cil­lors, busi­ness own­ers and staff from the Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines Depart­ment to de­ter­mine the best way for­ward.

Dur­ing the meet­ing an of­fi­cial from the depart­ment told coun­cil that TRM had given an as­sur­ance to pro­vide an en­gi­neer’s re­port by May 30 de­tail­ing what works need to be done to meet the con­di­tions of its en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mit.

“TRM stated pub­licly weeks ago that the en­gi­neer’s re­port was near com­ple­tion yet we are still wait­ing and in the mean­time many lo­cal busi­nesses are fac­ing se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial hard­ship as a con­se­quence,” said Mayor Leu. “We need cer­tainty over the fu­ture of the slip­way.”

TRM gen­eral man­ager Robert Cruz said they’re “not go­ing to take any en­vi­ron­men­tal risks”.

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